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Merrick Garland speaks to the press on Jan. 5. Photo: Carolyn Kaster-Pool/AFP via Getty Images

Attorney General Merrick Garland gave an update on the Justice Department's investigation into the Capitol riot during a press conference Wednesday, emphasizing that the department has "no higher priority" than holding those accountable responsible.

Why it matters: Garland noted that the investigation into the events of Jan. 6, 2021, has become "one of the largest, most complex and most resource-intensive investigations in our history."

By the numbers: Garland said the DOJ has issued over 5,000 subpoenas and search warrants, examined over 20,000 hours of video footage and seized control of roughly 2,000 devices as part of its investigation.

  • Officials have also received over 300,000 tips from ordinary citizens trying to aid the investigation, he added.
  • 725 people in all 50 states as well as Washington, D.C., have been arrested and charged in connection to the events of Jan. 6.
  • Over 325 people have been charged with felonies, 20 of whom have already pleaded guilty, Garland said, adding that 17 defendants are also scheduled to go to trial "for their role in felony conspiracies."

The bottom line: "The actions we have taken thus far will not be our last," Garland said.

  • "The Justice Department remains committed to holding all Jan. 6 perpetrators at any level accountable under law, whether they were present that day or were otherwise criminally responsible for the assault on our democracy."

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Feds help probe fatal fire at Fairmount row house

A passerby looks over the barricade on the street of a deadly fire in the Fairmount neighborhood of Philadelphia on Thursday. Photo: Matt Rourke/AP

Federal experts are assisting in the investigation into the fatal Fairmount fire that killed 12 people, including eight children, this week.

What's happening: The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives will offer more resources, like equipment and electrical engineers, to the complex probe, federal and city officials said in a press conference Thursday.

  • The agency's National Response Team will also help with the investigation.
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Biden will move U.S. troops to Eastern Europe "in the near term"

President Biden boards Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews on Jan. 28. Photo: SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images

President Biden said on Friday he plans to move U.S. troops to Eastern European and NATO countries “in the near term.”

Driving the news: “Not too many” U.S. troops, Biden added in remarks to reporters at Joint Base Andrew upon returning from a trip to Pennsylvania. 

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Bomb cyclone prompts blizzard warnings from Virginia to Maine

Computer model projection showing the intense storm off of Cape Cod on Jan 29, 2022, with heavy snow and strong winds lashing the coastline. (Weatherbell.com)

Blizzard warnings are in effect for 11 million people from coastal Virginia to eastern Maine as a potentially historic winter storm is set to slam the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast beginning Friday.

Why it matters: The storm will bring hazards ranging from zero visibility amid hurricane force wind gusts and heavy snow, to coastal flooding that will erode vulnerable beaches and threaten property from the Jersey shore to coastal Massachusetts.